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Ballin selfish< Hodges selfish

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Fluffy, May 30, 2015.

  1. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

    +5,633 /205
    Ballin just ****ed over a try worse than Hodges has ever done.

    Just saying, a little less fatigued means better options taken....
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    • sadseaeagle

      sadseaeagle Member

      +39 /0
    • Kiwi Eagle

      Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +3,894 /65
      Ballin has always had next to nothing in attack, but he just seems so much slower these days. Personally I'm not sure I would have extended his contract as far as we did, not even sure he is in the top 8 hookers in the game these days, he is certainly nowhere close to the top 3 of Smith, Farah and Luke.

      The side needs some spark out of dummy half, which is exactly what we had in 2008 with L'Estrange and we were so much more potent

      Even defensively Ballin was off his game tonight, pretty sure he made a poor attempt on Scott for the 1st try and missed another for a Taumalolo break
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      • eggson

        eggson Well-Known Member

        +305 /2
        Hang on, doesn't < mean less than?
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        • Ryan

          Ryan Well-Known Member

          +9,394 /402
          Love him, but he has the slowest legs in the entire NRL. Does the 50 metre dash in 11 minutes 57 seconds stat.
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          • MANLY4LIFE

            MANLY4LIFE Well-Known Member

            +829 /13
            Ballins last tackle options killed us and so did the dalai,s love child tonight
          • eaglebuzz

            eaglebuzz Well-Known Member

            +2,113 /118
            Did Hasson even take the field tonight?

            Why the hell wasn't Hodges on the bench?
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            • Ranger

              Ranger Armchair Expert

              +694 /11
              Hodges needs to be on the bench - end of story.
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              • Pepi

                Pepi Well-Known Member

                +530 /30
                Can anyone name a hooker with less of an attackIng game? Sure he is up there defensively but he is a liability in attack
              • Eagleman

                Eagleman Active Member

                +274 /21
                Matty B will struggle to hold his spot next year. Although Im not sure Hodges is the answer either but he does deserve to be on the bench at least at the moment.
                Not a lot of options avail' coming off contract this year but next year there are a few.
                I would consider - Apisai Koroisau, Kierran Mosley, Nathan Peats or James Segeyaro.
              • malroon

                malroon Active Member

                +102 /7
                Are you F&%KING serious , the man done 54 tackles , what do you want him to do, leap tall buildings with a single bound...???
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                • Paw93

                  Paw93 Active Member

                  +507 /15
                  I agree he's slowing down but he is consistently one of our best defensively. Having said that, I don't think he's an 80 minute player anymore. Age is catching up to him and we will need someone like Hodges off the bench when he tires out.
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                  • sheridanstand78

                    sheridanstand78 Well-Known Member

                    +4,867 /73
                    It's important to understand that Marty B has a. Defensive role to play. That's his role now. We need a nippy and smart dummy half alternative. I hope this is done cause the better teams and the not so good teams are killing us at the ruck.
                  • philing00

                    philing00 Member

                    +12 /0
                    I dont think the team should waste such an important position on an attacking liability.
                  • cherry_poppins

                    cherry_poppins Well-Known Member

                    +1,548 /187
                    Suffice to say I'm not a massive fan of Matt in attack, his entire career has been solid without being spectacular

                    But a liability? Are you even serious? I thought it was a good idea as he has no real form for it like a few
                  • rifraff

                    rifraff Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

                    +799 /21
                    There is no doubt he has been a rock.I am finding it hard to think of another dummy half who is less of a threat though. We see so many hookers making game changing runs. Get the backrowers to make the extra tackles and get a bit more attack with the quick play the balls
                  • The Who

                    The Who Well-Known Member Premium Member

                    +7,258 /173
                    We simply must have Hodges on the bench. It's obvious. So why can't our highly paid coaching staff see this?
                  • Ralphie

                    Ralphie Well-Known Member Premium Member

                    +2,953 /287
                    I don't think age has anything to do with it. In 2008 when he was 7 years younger than he is now, Matty B was starting Hooker and Heath LeStrange was an interchange for him late in each half. This was very very effective at the time and would be again.

                    The only problem is our coach doesn't see it that way. He would rather see Hasson sit on the bench for 70+ minutes instead.

                    Edit: My Bad, Hasson played 13 minutes last Saturday night. @:mad:
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                    • Fluffy

                      Fluffy Well-Known Member

                      +5,633 /205
                      and thats the frustrating thing, we arnt weakening a position to achieve flexibility.

                      I would expect Hodges could make 5 tackles and 3 runs for 20m as a backrower if Tooves wanted him to do this anyway
                    • SeaEagleRock8

                      SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

                      +10,577 /215
                      He's an option but it's hardly an obvious mistake to leave him off.
                      When we come up against giant forward packs we need for an extra forward 'in case of emergency'. The pressure the cows put on with Taumololo, Scott, Tamou & co was huge, but we repelled them, applied pressure of our own to force errors, and scored enough tries to win the game.

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